Canned or Preserved Fruits and Vegetables

All-Natural White Peach Applesauce

All-Natural White Peach Applesauce

Let the true peach and apple flavors shine through – make your own applesauce. Applesauce never goes out of style. It is loved by babies, great-grandmas, and everyone in between. But I always find the commercially made kind a bit disappointing. So much of it is full of high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. Luckily […]

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Sweet Cherries in Honey-Vanilla Syrup

Sweet Cherries in Honey-Vanilla Syrup

It’s time for Washington State stone fruits again! One of the best things about living in this part of the country is summer stone fruits. Cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines – you could almost live on fresh fruit for months! So I was thrilled when the Washington State Fruit Commission asked me to be a Canbassador […]

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Lightly Spiced Mixed Stone Fruit

Lightly Spiced Mixed Stone Fruit

Combine tasty stone fruits and a bit of unusual spice for a mixed fruit treat. I was one of those kids who loved canned fruit cocktail. It seemed pretty exotic to those of us who lived in cold, remote places back in the ’60s. It also helped that as a kid I didn’t have much […]

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10 Ways to Preserve Fresh Cherries

10 Ways to Preserve Fresh Cherries

It’s fresh cherry season. A season that is just too short for my liking. Each year I try to figure out new ways to preserve the harvest so I can enjoy sweet cherries all year long. Here are 10 of my favorite preservation methods: 1. Freeze  – last year I picked about 60 lbs of […]

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Friday Round Up: Spring Canning

Friday Round Up: Spring Canning

Spring is in full force here in the Mid-Columbia. (If you are in the Northeast, I promise spring will come soon. It has too, right?) That means the ground is alive again after its fallow winter. The local asparagus harvest has started, the chives are tall and fragrant, and the spinach is almost ready to […]

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Friday Round-Up: Mango Recipes

Friday Round-Up: Mango Recipes

We are heading into mango season. Enjoy this tropical and versatile treat a multitude of ways! I wholeheartedly believe in the eat local movement. It just makes sense that the food produced close to home travels less, and can be harvested closer to ripeness. Thus it is more nutritious and tastier than its long traveled […]

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Homemade Flavored Applesauce

Homemade Flavored Applesauce

Homemade canned applesauce just got better with the addition of mango. Have you gone shopping for applesauce lately? It comes it all kinds of flavors now, but almost all of it is full of high fructose corn syrup, additives, and preservatives. Why take something as simple and wholesome as applesauce and fill it full of […]

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Mixed Fruit in Light Honey Syrup

Mixed Fruit in Light Honey Syrup

Canning is a good way to preserve late harvest fruit. Every summer I can a few jars of mixed fruit. It’s the grown-up version of that childhood treat, fruit cocktail. Earlier this summer it was a combination of early peaches, apricots, cherries, and mango. The jars were beautiful and I look forward to savoring the […]

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Brandied Cherries

Brandied Cherries

We had a bumper crop of cherries from our two little trees this year, and luckily got our share before the birds ate them all! I pitted and froze most of them (the cherries, not the birds 🙂 ) to use in smoothies all winter long. But I couldn’t resist making these brandied cherries for […]

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Home Canned Mixed Fruit

Home Canned Mixed Fruit

A few years ago, on my other blog, I posted a recipe for home canned mixed fruit. While it’s not my most popular canning post it does have its fans. I was one of those kids who loved canned fruit cocktail. It seemed pretty exotic to those of us who lived in cold, remote places […]

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